Honor courage of all refugees

In conjunction with the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT), the Sisters of Providence invite the residents of the Wabash Valley to join us in honoring refugees.

On June 20, World Refugee Day, USCSAHT and others will honor the strength, courage and resilience of all refugees. According to the organization, 68.5 million people across the world have been forced from their homes. Among those include approximately 25.4 million refugees, more than half of whom are under the age of 18. The organization also states that every 15 minutes, a family is forced to flee their homeland.

There is a strong link between forced migration and human trafficking. Through this forced migration, due to a plethora of reasons, people become vulnerable to human trafficking. Those families can be targeted by human traffickers who offer false promises and opportunity.

Human trafficking affects the entire human community. Indiana is no exception. We ask you to stand with the Sisters of Providence and USCSAHT on World Refugee Day, Thursday, June 20, 2019. Join communities participating from all over the word by calling your representative and senators. Urge them to support these two pro-refugee bills:

• H.R. 2146/S. 1088 (GRACE Act).

• H.R. 2214/S. 1123 (NO BAN Act).

Here are ways to contact our federal representative and senators:

• Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. — bucshon.house.gov/contact

• Sen. Todd Young — www.young.senate.gov/contact/email-todd

• Sen. Mike Braun — www.braun.senate.gov/contact-mike

Or call your members of Congress at the Capitol Switchboard, 202-224-3121, then follow prompts.

Visit the USCSAHT website to learn more about the organization’s 2019 World Refugee Campaign and discover more ways to support all refugees on June 20 and beyond. The website provides resources for prayer, stories of trafficking, sample social media posts and more.

Stand in solidarity on World Refugee Day, Thursday, June 20: #WithRefugees and #StopRefugeeTrafficking,


— Barbara Battista, SP, Justice Promoter for the Sisters of Providence

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Addressing choice before conception

Just wondering ...

With the uproar over pro-life and pro-abortion, we are wondering ...

Why aren’t we addressing this “problem,” a baby, before conception and not after this “problem” has occurred?

We realize that there can be extenuating circumstances, but in cases where choice is involved, why isn’t the choice being made before conception?

How about we take responsibility for our actions? Now, there’s a concept.

— Chris and Phyllis Koszewski, Terre Haute


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